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United’s buy miles promotion is back this week, with the chance to earn a bonus of up to 80% on your purchase. (Earlier this month, American also offered a deal with a bonus and discount on purchases, which will be active until mid-November.) This United promo will expire tomorrow night, Friday, October 23, at 11:59pm CT — and here’s a breakdown of the offer:

Buy/Gift Bonus
5,000 – 19,000
25% bonus
20,000 – 29,000
50% bonus
30,000 – 80,000
80% bonus

Keep in mind that United has an annual limit of 150,000 miles, and that bonus miles count toward this limit. The full 80% bonus requires a minimum purchase of 30,000 miles (with a 24,000 bonus), which costs $1,128.75, including taxes and fees. If you go for the maximum (80,000 + 64,000 bonus) allowed by the promotion, you’ll spend $3,010.00 after taxes and fees.

The latest buy miles promotion from United is only available for a short time.

Is it Worth it?

TPG currently values United miles at 1.5 cents per mile. If you’re buying from the top tier, you’ll end paying about 2.1 cents per mile in value, which isn’t a fantastic deal, but worth a consideration. If you’re at the lower tier, though, you’ll pay even more, at 3 cents per mile — a pretty poor value.

Singapore Suites on the A380.

However, if you have a particular redemption in mind, such as Lufthansa or Singapore in first class, this promotion might be worth it. As with many of these buy miles deals, the offer isn’t quite lucrative enough to make the decision a no-brainer, but under the right circumstances, value could be found.

United℠ Explorer Card

The United Explorer card recently got some enhancements like 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on hotel stays and a $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit. With the current offer you'll earn 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 within the first 3 months and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

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More Things to Know
  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • New! Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • New! Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
  • New! 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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